New DPS Tools v29 released

Logo for DPS updatesAdobe has released DPS Tools v29, part one of a two-part release rollout. The The second part of the release is scheduled to take place in January, after the holidays.

This release includes new features in the DPS App Builder, as well as improvements in social sharing and web viewing and a number of enhancements for the Enterprise Edition.

A history of the features added to each version of DPS Tools can be viewed here.

New DPS Tools v28 released

Logo for DPS updatesThis weekend Adobe released DPS Tools v28.

Perhaps the biggest news about this update is iOS7 support. This will be a big change for the development community, including DPS apps. For more information on creating apps that take advantage of iOS7 features, see Adobe’s document iOS7 Support in the v28 DPS Viewer.

A list of features added to DPS Tools v27 and earlier can be viewed here.

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InDesign CC is Released: New ePub Features

ID-CC-logoToday Adobe releases the long-awaited, subscription-only Creative Cloud version of InDesign. The good news for digital publishers is that there are many new features and changes in ePub export. Our colleague, the super-InDesign expert, Steve Werner, has outlined the new features and changes from CS6 in this post. He made invaluable contributions to the ePub chapter in our book, and we’re thrilled to have him as a guest on our blog. Steve also runs CS Magic, a great resource for Creative Suite online training.

We think you’ll find Steve’s take on these features worth reading.

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New DPS Tools v26 released

Logo for DPS updatesToday Adobe released DPS Tools v26.

There are several welcome improvements. One we are particularly happy to see is that PDF folios can now be previewed in the Desktop Viewer. Previously you could only preview these folios on the iPad. PDF folios can now be used on Android devices, too, bringing the advantages of PDF folios to that platform.

There are some improvements in the iPad library view, along with full iPhone 5 screen support.

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H or V? Who’s doing what

orientationOne of the first decisions to make when creating a DPS app is whether to make the orientation horizontal, vertical, or both.

Some publishers find a dual orientation to be too much work, and opt for a single view. Vertical orientation is often closer to the print version of a publication, and can require less reworking, but a horizontal orientation can give more of the feel of spreads, especially for photography. Continue reading

Dreamweaver as ePub Editor

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We recently got the following email from Jim Maivald. Jim is one of the foremost experts on XML and web design. As you can see Jim is on a mission to get more people to use Dreamweaver as an ePub editing program.

Hi. I was just perusing your “Digital Publishing” book and ran across the suggestion of using Dreamweaver as an EPUB editor, p 207. First, I like the book. I hope you get tons of sales.

Second, I love DW as an EPUB editor. I use it all the time. I am a huge advocate to get DW to be Adobe’s official EPUB editor. It offers tons of productivity enhancements that your readers should know about. Continue reading

Animations in a PDF!

animation2InDesign’s animation features are fun and easy to use. But they’re one of a couple of InDesign’s interactive features that don’t export directly to PDF (Object States is another). However, if you’re creating a PDF that will primarily be viewed on computer screens and not on tablet devices, you can use this workaround that lets you include simple animations in your PDF files.

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DPS Bug Fixes

bugAs DPS evolves and more DPS apps are developed, it becomes important with each new release to keep up with the latest version of the software. These update include new features as well as bug fixes and “hot fixes” which include fixes for bugs introduced by the new release. So it is the case with the recently released DPS Tools v25.

For example, those using iOS 6.1 may have hit a nasty bug which caused DPS apps to crash if there was no internet connection. A “hot fix” on the DPS server side (no need to download new DPS tools on the user side) corrected this.  Continue reading